of these videos play into one of the big topics tonight, and that's the role of government in people's lives. in washington, doug luzader, fox news. >>> we have continuing coverage of the debate prep all morning long, including chats later, and a reminder, you can catch the debate live at 9:00 p.m. here on fox 5. we'll have complete analysis on fox 5 news at 10 and the news edge at 11. >>> new this morning, would you pay pepco more each month if it meant better service? >> maryland residents could be asked to pay an extra dollar or two with that extra cash going toward preventing major power outages. fox5's melanie alnwick is live at pepco headquarters with details of this plan. melanie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, allison. after the june derecho that knocked out power millions around the area, many for more than a week, the governor developed a task force, and now it appears it's talking about passing some of the cost onto customers. given the outrage among customers when pepco asked for its last rate hike, it's a good bet the proposal isn't going to be popular with the public.